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  1. Affordable watches ! Order now at:

    http://www.replicacouture.com

  2. My blood maybe a bit more watery than most but two ambitions that I've done that I REALLY wanted to do:- Go cage diving with Great Whites in South Africa Swim the Hellespont Other personal ticks:- Delivered one of your offspring at home Communicate (I'd hesitate to say "speak") in another language Make a best man's speech Wear a kilt (the mate above was Scottish) Hitch-hiked a long way Repaired a mechanical object Built something Made my own wine - not from a kit Give First Aid Look for (and find) snakes Sit in a natural hot spring See the Northern Lights Dive off a high board
  3. All the best, Griff Have Fun Jules
  4. On the wider subject of fakes in general - a friend came back from China recently and because he knew I was into watches he bought me an "Omega Seamaster". Now I'm not into fakes and wouldn't have asked for one and was a bit concerned that he'd spent money on me buying something I didn't want. He told me to Chillax as it had cost him so little he couldn't even remember how much it was (probably between £5- £10, but possibly <£5). I have to say I was shocked. First up, it was a weird SMP-stylee but with a GMT hand ... so not an obvious direct fake of a popular and well known model. I'm no expert on Omegas so maybe it is a model I don't know. But I thought it was interesting that it was either a lesser known or some kind of "in-the-style-of" Omega fake. Secondly, for me, the raised indicies and proportions did mark it out as a fake ... but here's what really shocked me (and maybe I'm a bit of an innocent here):- The heft was amazing, the sweep seconds auto movement appears really nice, a very firm bezel and the strap alone was more than worth tenner ... and scarily / depressingly (underneath a long sleave and not near any of my mates who know I''m into watches - I wore it for two days) the time keeping was to within a couple of seconds. One of the things that this has done is made me incredibly wary of buying an expensive watch from an unknown source. If this quality of timepiece can be made for less than a tenner retail - what could produced for £20 or £30? Probably something that could fool somebody who has that little knowledge that can be so dangerous (i.e. me!). I'd love one of those vintage Omegas like JonW and JoT have ... how difficult would it be to mock one of those up? As I'm not really into fakes this watch is languishing in my sock drawer - it's a key difference, but most of my real watches are in my underwear drawer (under the many pairs of "Authentic" M&S Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price Stripey Boxers my wife keeps buying me !!) :lol: :lol: I'd post a picture but I haven't quite worked that out yet - sorry I'm a luddite ... I know :( :cry2:
  5. Pleased you took it in the right spirit, Hawkey. Perhaps the only reason I remember it - apart from my ability to retain useless trivia rather than useful info - is that I think some of it was filmed in Nottingham (sort of my home City)
  6. In no particular order:- Geology 'n rocks and mining Hills 'n mountains and climbing Aircraft, militaria 'n de-ac weapons Mid 80's US thrash metal bands Late 80's / early 90s dance music Stone Roses & nostalgia
  7. My '36 is on my wrist right now - as it has been pretty much since I got it ... and I think it's absolutely brilliant. I love everything about it and, for me, the quality is absolutely excellent. Mine gets all the desk diving, kids-handling, occasional binge-drinking etc etc abuse of my daily life and its got a few dings on the bezel - but Hey! at least it is getting worn. Unlike most of the other watches in my modest collection. In fact you could say this watch has pretty much put paid to me doing all that changing watches three times a day thing. (that allied to a recent birth of my third child and a lot on at work means I'm hardly ever on the forum anymore ) As for the more popular of the RLTs - well I think that speaks for itself. The last other watch I wore was in fact my RLT 20 (black) - but I'm still searching for a high quality balck bracelet for that.
  8. Mark I'm almost ashamed at this attempt to add something to this discussion ... but could I just tell you that two guys at my work have just bought laptops and boy is there some b!tching about Vista. Apparently if you do things like run hand-helds or synchronise calendars or contacts then the change from XP to Vista is problematic. One of the guys is a bit of a boffin and has spent hours trying to get where he was with Xp and is still not there. If this is of no use - I'll get me coat
  9. The thing I really like about rugby - and what makes it special for me - is this: If you have a tight scrum that can win their own ball comfortably, or dominate their opponents put-in ... and If the scrum half and the number 8 work well together so that the scrum half can get a decent, controlled pass away ... and If the Stand-Off really is able to receive the ball deep with a bit of space and time ... Then - at that moment - I don't know of another game where there are genuinely as many options open to the play-maker. He could: 1) Kick for a line out deep in the opponents half 2) Put up a high ball for his team to chase and/or put the oposition backs under pressure 3) Run the ball himself - back into the close for his forwards, or straight to draw tacklers, or through any potential gaps. 4) Give the ball - and the options here are truely many and varied ... open or blind, miss one, dummy, scissors, loop with the scrum half or the back row etc etc Perhaps others can think of options I've missed but such different directions the play can go, for me that is just brilliant.
  10. Jules

    Competition

    I think I can help on the 2, 4 & 5 theme - which I think is diamonds 2) If not the Limpopo ... the Orange or the Fish? 4) "The big hole" at Kimberley in South Africa 5) Cecil Rhodes Should I declare the fact that I have worked in South Africa as a Geologist?
  11. Well guys ... I'm cautious, especially as I thought I had cracked it before, but I think I MAY have an idea what the problem is. In the light of what Rich was saying about Keyboard drivers I tried to think what ">>Next Track" could actually be related to. I did wonder if was some problem with my CD or DVD drives. However, one symptom I had thought that was unrelated was that my i-Tunes was going a bit weird. On closer observation it was skipping tracks sometimes when I tried to select one - it would skip down to the bottom of my tracklist and then flash/hang. So I got to wondering could this be something to do with those weird hot key buttons I never use at the top of my keyboard? Anyway to cut a long story and the last 3 hours or so short ... I decided it was something to do with the Fast Forward / Skip / Next Track keyboard button. So fortune sometimes favours the idiot so I deleted the additional keyboard driver that was loading at start-up and it hasn't happened since!! I was a bit worried my keyboard might not work and I would have to go up in the loft and get an old squiggly cable keyboard down. Well I'm typing on it now and have since updated Adobe (thanks Rich) and deleted some stuff of my start-up (thanks langtoftlad) and still no probs. A sort of test I've done is to go back into i-Tunes and press the hotkey keyboard button and i-Tunes started doing it again but this time no flshing icon or fan cranking it up to 11. So I don't know, but I think my keyboard may be faulty - and maybe there was some weird conflict with the keyboard driver and ... something else? Well I'll keep my fingers crossed. And thanks for all help. It's been a learning experience and I don't think somehow it's finished yet. Jules PS those anti i-Tunes links look really interesting langtoftlad, Thanks. I'll certainly have a look at those ... another night! Edited for horrendous late night typing
  12. I'm still having problems ... I'll give it one more push and then will consider either attempting to 1) re-install everything or 2) paying someone to have look - my worries with these two options are:- 1) Re-installing - not sure if I am savvy enough to do it properly and get rid of any nasties and get everything to work. 2) If I pay, for example, PC World how can you be sure they are just looking for revenue rather than trying to solve the problem! And if you get a unknown little guy/operation how can you be certain he will not just come along and go for the quick-fix solution because it's easier for him too? Anyway in response to some of the input above (All of which is very much appreciated) that I have not responded to directly:- System Restore (dowsing) - I haven't done this because I haven't set any System Restore points previously and I believe you need them don't you? Re Boot in Safe Mode and run Virus Checker (langtoftlad) - I tried doing that last night and was a bit spooked by the long time it seemed to take in the black-screen-white-type (DOS?) world! It seemed to be saying lots about hard drive partition?? Not something I have done - could it be related? Unfortunately I couldn't get McAfee to run in Safe Mode - is this perhaps because it needs access to the web? RegSeeker (Thanks Ron) - I downloaded this but am not certain quite how to use it and it gives some hefty warnings about deleting things out of the registry which I am currently not confident on. HKEY_LOCAL ... (Rich) - I've just no idea how to action that advice due to my complete computer muppetryness (Sorry ) Task Manager processes (James) - I keep using this all the time and the one thing that keeps coming up is mHOTKEY.exe and I've googled this and it doesn't seem to be too onerous. Though I do think it is related because when I end it in task manager the flashing ">>Next Track" icon stops ... though the computer fan still starts like a Huey Cobra winding up. So, sorry to bother all you guys again, but I think I'm at the end of what I feel I am currently able to do now - I don't know why I'm so keen to take computer advice from watch enthusiasts but in a strange way I trust this forum. Any further/other suggestions?
  13. Well I'm hoping not to have another 2 a.m. session but the blummin 'puta is doing it again ... though not as bad. Ron - would you mind having a look at my logfile from your link above. I'm a bit concerned about going into the Registry - it's been many years since I've done anything like that - and I can't remember any of it. Anyway ... if you could please have a quick look at this, and point me in the right direction if it is something obvious. Two that look weid to me:- 03 - Toolbar (no name) - ... (no file) 04-HKLM\... AGRSMMSG but on a quick google it looks like the AGSMMSG is some kind of modem driver - so what do I know! I really hope I don't have to go down the re-install Windows route, I've got all legitimate software (MS Office etc) but I'm not sure with my luck I could get my wireless router to keep working As for the SigLine - Thanks Funny & Zen at the same time ... maybe, but it is silly enough for me. Cheers Jules PS Now not only do I have to Thank Roy for providing my watch forum fixes, but also my Computer Helpdesk too!! Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA) Scan saved at 23:01:11, on 03/06/2007 Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600) Boot mode: Normal Running processes: C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE C:\WINDOWS\SM1BG.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\RunDll32.exe C:\WINDOWS\Dit.exe C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exe C:\Program Files\MusicMatch\MusicMatch Jukebox\mmtask.exe C:\WINDOWS\mHotkey.exe C:\WINDOWS\CNYHKey.exe C:\Program Files\Home Cinema\PowerCinema\PCMService.exe C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd.exe C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe C:\Program Files\McAfee\MSK\MskAgent.exe C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\6066\SiteAdv.exe C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\HackerWatch\HWAPI.exe C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MSC\mcmscsvc.exe C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe c:\program files\common files\mcafee\mna\mcnasvc.exe C:\Program Files\SAGEM\SAGEM F@st 800-840\dslmon.exe C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcods.exe C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MSC\mcpromgr.exe c:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\mcafee\mcproxy\mcproxy.exe c:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\mcafee\redirsvc\redirsvc.exe C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcshield.exe C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcsysmon.exe C:\Program Files\McAfee\MPF\MPFSrv.exe C:\Program Files\McAfee\MSK\MskSrver.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\6066\SAService.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\X10\Common\x10nets.exe C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe C:\PROGRA~1\MOZILL~1\FIREFOX.EXE C:\Documents and Settings\Jules\Desktop\HiJackThis_v2.exe R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.tiscali.co.uk/ R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157 R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896 R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896 R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157 R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll O2 - BHO: (no name) - {089FD14D-132B-48FC-8861-0048AE113215} - C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\6066\SiteAdv.dll O2 - BHO: scriptproxy - {7DB2D5A0-7241-4E79-B68D-6309F01C5231} - c:\program files\mcafee\virusscan\scriptcl.dll O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll O3 - Toolbar: McAfee SiteAdvisor - {0BF43445-2F28-4351-9252-17FE6E806AA0} - C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\6066\SiteAdv.dll O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {BA52B914-B692-46c4-B683-905236F6F655} - (no file) O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [sM1BG] C:\WINDOWS\SM1BG.EXE O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Recguard] C:\WINDOWS\SMINST\RECGUARD.EXE O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroFilterCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [High Definition Audio Property Page Shortcut] HDAudPropShortcut.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Cmaudio] RunDll32 cmicnfg.cpl,CMICtrlWnd O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Dit] Dit.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AGRSMMSG] AGRSMMSG.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [mmtask] c:\Program Files\MusicMatch\MusicMatch Jukebox\mmtask.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CHotkey] mHotkey.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ledpointer] CNYHKey.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PCMService] "C:\Program Files\Home Cinema\PowerCinema\PCMService.exe" O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [adiras] adiras.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TkBellExe] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe" -osboot O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] "C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd.exe" O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Component Manager] "C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe" O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MskAgentexe] C:\Program Files\McAfee\MSK\MskAgent.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [siteAdvisor] C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\6066\SiteAdv.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe" O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [skype] "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /nosplash /minimized O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'SYSTEM') O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'Default user') O4 - Global Startup: DSLMON.lnk = C:\Program Files\SAGEM\SAGEM F@st 800-840\dslmon.exe O4 - Global Startup: HP Digital Imaging Monitor.lnk = C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsearch.html O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward Links - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmbacklinks.html O8 - Extra context menu item: Cached Snapshot of Page - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmcache.html O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000 O8 - Extra context menu item: Send To &Bluetooth - C:\Program Files\Belkin\Bluetooth Software\btsendto_ie_ctx.htm O8 - Extra context menu item: Similar Pages - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmsimilar.html O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate into English - res://c:\program files\google\GoogleToolbar1.dll/cmtrans.html O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~3\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL O9 - Extra button: @btrez.dll,-4015 - {CCA281CA-C863-46ef-9331-5C8D4460577F} - C:\Program Files\Belkin\Bluetooth Software\btsendto_ie.htm (file missing) O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @btrez.dll,-4017 - {CCA281CA-C863-46ef-9331-5C8D4460577F} - C:\Program Files\Belkin\Bluetooth Software\btsendto_ie.htm (file missing) O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing) O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing) O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/...b?1180656196437 O16 - DPF: {BCC0FF27-31D9-4614-A68E-C18E1ADA4389} (DwnldGroupMgr Class) - http://download.mcafee.com/molbin/shared/m...,26/mcgdmgr.cab O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Browseui preloader - {438755C2-A8BA-11D1-B96B-00A0C90312E1} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Component Categories cache daemon - {8C7461EF-2B13-11d2-BE35-3078302C2030} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll O23 - Service: McAfee Application Installer Cleanup (0108551180907092) (0108551180907092mcinstcleanup) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\TEMP10855~1.EXE O23 - Service: Bluetooth Service (btwdins) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Belkin\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe (file missing) O23 - Service: McAfee E-mail Proxy (Emproxy) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\McAfee\EmProxy\emproxy.exe O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe O23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe O23 - Service: McAfee HackerWatch Service - McAfee, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\HackerWatch\HWAPI.exe O23 - Service: McAfee Update Manager (mcmispupdmgr) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MSC\mcupdmgr.exe O23 - Service: McAfee Services (mcmscsvc) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MSC\mcmscsvc.exe O23 - Service: McAfee Network Agent (McNASvc) - McAfee, Inc. - c:\program files\common files\mcafee\mna\mcnasvc.exe O23 - Service: McAfee Scanner (McODS) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcods.exe O23 - Service: McAfee Protection Manager (mcpromgr) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MSC\mcpromgr.exe O23 - Service: McAfee Proxy Service (McProxy) - McAfee, Inc. - c:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\mcafee\mcproxy\mcproxy.exe O23 - Service: McAfee Redirector Service (McRedirector) - McAfee, Inc. - c:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\mcafee\redirsvc\redirsvc.exe O23 - Service: McAfee Real-time Scanner (McShield) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcshield.exe O23 - Service: McAfee SystemGuards (McSysmon) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcsysmon.exe O23 - Service: McAfee Personal Firewall Service (MpfService) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\Program Files\McAfee\MPF\MPFSrv.exe O23 - Service: McAfee Privacy Service (MPS9) - McAfee, Inc. - C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MPS\mps.exe O23 - Service: McAfee SpamKiller Service (MSK80Service) - McAfee Inc. - C:\Program Files\McAfee\MSK\MskSrver.exe O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe O23 - Service: Pml Driver HPZ12 - HP - C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe O23 - Service: SiteAdvisor Service - McAfee, Inc. - C:\Program Files\SiteAdvisor\6066\SAService.exe O23 - Service: X10 Device Network Service (x10nets) - X10 - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\X10\Common\x10nets.exe -- End of file - 10375 bytes
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